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Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:17 PM

Novice Replacing 60 amp double pole breaker
 
Hello, I found this forum doing a search on how to change a 60 amp braker. I do not know anything about electricity but replaced my electric furnaces thermostat, but that is not the problem apparently. The electric furnace runs about 1 to 2 min. and kicks the 60 amp breaker. It just started doing this, before it has ran for 2 months with no problem, can someone please advise me, thank you, Ayre.

Speedy Petey 02-18-2008 05:32 PM

I can advice you that it is likely not the breaker. Sounds more like there is a problem with the furnace.

I will say though, it is possible that there is a problem with breaker and or buss in the panel. Some panels are infamous for this.

What kind of panel is it? And how old is it?

nap 02-18-2008 05:33 PM

it may not be the breaker either. It may be that some part of the furnace is drawing too much current and if so, then replaceing the breaker will fix nothing.

If you do wish to replace the breaker blindly, you first need to acquire one of the same brand and style.

Most breakers simple snap onto the buss in the center of the panel but there are a few that are a bit differrent. What is the panel manufacturer and model or what does the breaker have written on it?

So, anyway, if it is a ttypical breaker panel, I would suggest first turning off the main breaker. If you were to slip, you could come in contact with an energized section and die (yes, actually die).

Then, loosen the screws that hold the wires to the breaker and move them out of the way. Take care not to touch any wiring on the "line" side of the main breaker as it is still energized as well as the lugs on the line side of the main breaker.

Then simply pull the breaker free from the buss by pushing on the handle outwards. Then you should be able to pull the breaker free from the detents that hold it at the outer edge of the breaker to the outer rail (if so designed) or; some of them simply hook under the outer rail.

then, reverse the procedure to install.

Like I said though, this may not fix your problem.

anything else worked on or changed lately with the furnace?

Is there a blower motor? Is it reaching full speed? You would have to listen to it and be able to judge how it ran before any problem to determine this.

You really should do a few checks but it requires an clamp on ammeter and for some reason, I suspect you do not have one.

Do you??

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:39 PM

It is a 100 breaker panel, the furnace has worked great till a few days ago, and now it will run for a minute or two then quits, I am freezing here in Missouri, thank you so much for your help. I do not know how old the panel is, i think fairly new as this house was built about 4 years or less ago, but still I can't say for sure, looks new.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:40 PM

Yes there is a blower, and it runs like always, that is till it kicks the breaker. All I have is a funky little test light.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:49 PM

I looked in the panel, it says Homeline, not sure if that is the name of the electric panel but I think so.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:53 PM

I am trying to figure out how to reply and use the forum, I am feeling quite ignorant overall right now. I want to say thanks for the help and I will replace the breaker and see if it helps. Thank you again for your time and help, Ayre.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 05:59 PM

I bought an identical 60 amp breaker. I was just trying the simplest things first, like the thermostat and breaker. I just moved from Washington to Missouri and have ran out of money till I can find a job. I have never been here and don't know anyone, so I am just trying what I can. Thanks again for the help, best wishes, Ayre.

Speedy Petey 02-18-2008 06:15 PM

Don't worry. You're doing fine.

If you already bought the breaker it's definitely worth trying to replace it.

Use Nap's instructions.
Look at the buss where the breaker attaches and see if it is pitted or burned.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 06:19 PM

Yes ok, I am going to try it now, I am so nervous but am also freezing here so it is worth a try, thank you for the pat on the back, LOL, I feel better, LOL.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 06:20 PM

I will come back online after I am done, LOL, God willing that is!

Speedy Petey 02-18-2008 06:20 PM

Keep us posted. :thumbsup:

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 06:23 PM

Will do, thanks so much, even if it doesn't fix the problem I will feel better trying, be back in a bit, I am very slow.

Ayreonna 02-18-2008 07:31 PM

WALAAAAAA! It's been 18 minutes running, dare I continue to hold my breath, I am one awsome women, well maybe not that awsome, but I sure am happy. THANK YOU both a million, you are such wonderful people.

arichard21 02-18-2008 08:54 PM

And this is what I love about this forum.


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